BMS Weekend Guide: December 4 to 6

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Still looking to fill in your calendar for this weekend? Well, you’ve worked too hard not to enjoy you free time so here are some ideas – music and non-music related – on how to spend your weekend.

Our Best Pick   –   Our Music Picks   –   Our Non Music Picks

Our Best Pick

The Script at the House of Blues: Although still rising stars, this trio from Dublin are taking one heck of a path to fame, spreading their soul-infused rock with opening gigs for legends like U2 and Paul McCartney this past year and appearances on both sides of the pond. Tickets are just $20.
Our Music Picks


Spoon, Passion Pit, Phoenix at the Orpheum Theatre: You won’t find a better lineup than this show this weekend, or most weekends for that matter. Seasoned vets Spoon take a couple bands with bright futures under their wing for the makings of a spectacular show at the Orpheum as part of WFNX’s Miracle on Tremont. While Boston’s own Passion Pit (fresh off a BMA for Act of the Year) and France’s Phoenix have both exploded on to the scene this year. Any one of these bands alone is worth the price of admission. However tickets are most certainly sold out.

Friendly Fires at the Paradise Rock Club: After having their debut album nominated for Great Britain’s coveted Mercury Prize this year it’s clear that this band has the potential to be great. Swing by the Paradise tonight for your chance to dance along with them.

Westbound Train at The Middle East Downstairs: You can’t go wrong with a little hometown ska. These local veterans are backing their latest album, Come and Get It. Get in the groove over in Cambridge for $12. The Macrotones and Among Criminals open the show.

Art Garfunkel at the Twin River Events Center: This is billed as a holiday show but don’t be surprised to hear some classic Simon & Garfunkel tracks as well since they really are the gift that keeps on giving. Tickets are still available and range in price from $32.50 to $45.50.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at The Middle East Downstairs: Ted Leo is always a welcomed sight here in Boston, especially when he brings the Pharmacists around. Local fans have surely displayed their welcome by selling out the The Middle East for this one. It must be the perfect prescription.

Ryan Montbleau Band at the Paradise Rock Club: These local road warriors average over 200 shows per year so you better catch their melting pot of musical sound before they take off and hit the road again. Tickets are $22.

Hooray For Earth, Magic Magic at Great Scott: Hooray For Earth, who split time between NYC and Cambridge have chosen to rock the latter location this weekend with the help of full-time Boston faves Magic Magic (fresh off a nomination for BMA Song of the Year). Tickets are $9.

Cure For Static at The Middle East Upstairs: They delivered an impressive set at our Local Spotlight Live Series this past summer and are certainly worth checking out again. Catch them with The Vital Might, Instrument and The Neighbors (formerly Cadrin). Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Childsplay at the the Somerville Theatre: This great folk/fiddle driven band also features Aoife O’Donovan of local bluegrass favorites Crooked Still. Tickets are $26.

Chris Brown at the House of Blues: Ok, he’s shown his remorse now it’s your chance to show your forgiveness. Go check out the grooves and the moves of Chris Brown as he tries to get his career back on track. Tickets are scarce so check online.

El Vez, Los Straitjackets at the Paradise Rock Club: This is not your average holiday show but perhaps the birth of a beautiful new tradition. Celebrate the season with a little Latin flavor for $16.50.

Mannheim Steamroller at the Cutler Majestic Theatre: America’s favorite Christmas artist, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, roll into town for two shows this weekend, starting on Saturday. The group is not only the biggest selling Christmas music artist in history, but also one of the top 50 biggest selling musical acts ever. Not too shabby, huh. They’ll bring all the classics with awesome stage production to Boston for three shows over two days. Tickets range in price from $42.50 to $75.

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